March 18, 2016 QuickNotes: March on the Hilltop

Friday, March 18, 2016

March 18, 2016

Shamrock Soiree

Come join Carroll’s Engineers Without Borders as they host their annual signature fundraising event, the Shamrock Soiree, tonight Friday, March 18. The Soiree will feature live music by Jack Oberweiser’s band Triple Cross, dancing, hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, and live and silent auctions.

This year, Carroll EWB is partnering with the Rotary Club of Helena to host the Soiree. The proceeds will be used to support their international partnership projects at a school in Guatemala, at an orphanage in Mexico, at a home for the elderly in St. Lucia, and in the small village of Kawango in Uganda. Helena Rotary funds have the potential to receive matching grants from the Montana Rotary District 5390 and from the Rotary Foundation, which can quadruple the amount.

“Since 2007, Carroll EWB and Helena Rotary have been partnering on community development projects abroad,” said Dr. John Scharf, faculty advisor for CC-EWB. “By co-hosting the soiree, we are strengthening our partnership so that we will be even more effective in the work we do together,” he added. 

EWB wishes to thank their premier sponsors: Morrison Maierle and Systems Technology Consultants. They are also grateful to their other sponsors: First Interstate Bank, GreatWest Engineering, Pioneer Technical Services, Robert Peccia and Associates, and Willis and Nancy Wetstein.

The soiree will be at the Carroll College P.E. Center, starting at 6:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online or contact Ann Dooling at (406) 431-8714 or Tickets at the door are $30. Carroll student tickets are $15, both in advance and at the door.

Please join with us to celebrate 10 years of EWB at Carroll College, and St. Patrick - the patron Saint of engineers. It promises to be a fun and entertaining evening!

Saintly Support

John Etchart receives the game ball from Coach Cunningham, joined by (left to right) Gary Turcott, President Tom Evans and Interim AD Kyle Baker.

On the evening of the Frontier Conference semifinals between Carroll and Rocky Mountain College on March 4, the college recognized two longstanding supporters of Carroll Athletics.  

In the first presentation, President Tom Evans, Interim Athletic Director Kyle Baker, and long-time basketball coach and friend, Gary Turcott, presented a game ball to Carroll College alumnus John Etchart, class of 1967, for his years of tireless service and dedication and significant contributions to Carroll.  

In addition, visiting professor Dr. John Runda, the 2015 Warren Nelson Award winner, was presented with a jersey in recognition of his loyal and generous support of Saints Athletics over the years. 

Our deepest gratitude goes out to them both for all that they have done for Carroll College and our student-athletes. 

Thank you John and John!

Sci Girls

Carroll College once again hosted the 5th annual Girls STEM Roundup in conjunction with ExplorationWorks!, Montana’s Science Center in Helena.

Approximately 130 girls in grades 5th-8th participated in the program which introduces young girls to the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math through fun, engaging activities throughout the day and is staffed by volunteers across Montana including Carroll College students and faculty. 

“Thank you so much for making it possible for 5-8th grade girls to imagine themselves as students in Carroll College campus science labs and classrooms,” said Nikki Andersen, President, ExplorationWorks!

View coverage of the event from KXLH-TV:

ExplorationWorks hosts annual Girls STEM Roundup

High school science students explain the effects and dangers of sun exposure to STEM participants.

Student News

Navigating the Labyrinth

The Carroll Adventure and Mountaineering Program (CAMP) planned a trip to drive down to the high desert of Moab, UT, for a spring break canoe trip on the Green River. All 24 spots for the trip filled up in less than 10 minutes after opening Feb 10. The trip was 5 days and 4 nights on the river and 7 days total including travel and logistical packing for the trip.  The students put in at The Ruby Ranch and took out at Mineral Bottom, spanning close to 50 river miles through the beautiful Labyrinth Canyon. Once on the river, the 24 students traveled about 10 miles per day setting up camp at night, taking down camp by morning, and re-packing the 12 canoes daily. 

Participants learned valuable expedition skills for an overnight canoe trip including: how to pack, how to steer and paddle a canoe, teamwork for camp chores, and how to navigate on the river. Once at camp, the students took small exploration hikes up many of the side canyons on the Green, learning about the desert’s interesting geology, flora and fauna, and proper Leave No Trace Ethics in the desert's fragile environment. 

All but the first day of the trip provided clear skies and warm weather for the students to enjoy as an escape from the Montana winter.

Check out photos and video of Spring Break 2016!

Indoor Success

Ten Saints earned All-American honors and Leah Esposito earned her second career national title to close out the NAIA Indoor National Championship in Johnson City, Tennessee, March 3-5.

Esposito earned her national champion title by winning the mile in a time of 4:56.89.  Esposito was also the anchor leg on the women’s distance medley relay (DMR) team who finished second overall, just .54 seconds out of first. Other members of the relay team included: Macala Fifield, Marisa Sanchez and Sandy Torres.

The Carroll Saints who earned All-American status include:

Hannah Porch, freshman, Long Jump, seventh place, 18-1.5 Leah Esposito, junior, Mile, Champion, 4:56.89 and DMR, second place, 11:58.58 Chance Hyatt, sophomore, Mile, seventh place, 4:22.09 Marisa Sanchez, sophomore, 400m, seventh place, 54.35 and DMR, second place, 11:58.58 Sandy Torres, senior, 800m, third place, 2:13.48 and DMR, second place, 11:58.58 Macala Fifield, junior, DMR, second place,  11:58.58 Monica White, freshman, 400m relay, fourth place, 3:49.46 Brianna Olson, sophomore, 400m relay, fourth place, 3:49.46 Keely Ehmann, freshman, 400m relay, fourth place, 3:49.46 Kara Barth, junior, 400m relay, fourth place, 3:49.46

Congratulations Saints!

Hannah Porch, photo courtesy of Nick Dawson

Faculty/Staff News

Recently Published

Professor of English Loren Graham's recent book, Places I Was Dreaming, has been named a finalist for the 2016 Oklahoma Book Award in Poetry.  Professor Graham will attend the awards ceremony in Oklahoma City on April 9, when the winner will be announced. describes this new collection as "a study in poetic tone and the function of story that introduces us to a plucky boy living in rural poverty." 

Volunteer Efforts

On Thursday, March 10, eight members of the Registrar’s Office and Academic Affairs staff participated in a professional development and service day. They spent part of their afternoon (2.5 hours) volunteering at Helena Food Share, where they helped sort food that had been collected through the Doorsteps to Backpacks food drive. They were told that this food is used to create “kid packs” that are distributed to roughly 1,100 kids in Helena and East Helena each week. They broke down and sorted 88 crates of kid-friendly food, as well as 29 additional crates of food pantry items, and 3 crates of plastic bags that will be used to create the packs. In total, Helena Food Share said they collected about 7,100 pounds of food through the Doorsteps to Backpack drive, plus an additional 92 pounds of food that had been donated here on campus by Carroll College employees.


Connie Jean McEachern, Teacher Education Unit Coordinator and administrative assistant to the Department of Education: Health, Physical, and Teacher, and the Gifted Institute at Carroll College - read more about her life here

Alumni News

 Saints in the News

Carroll canine graduate, Ruger, is receiving worldwide attention for his incredible detection skills. Ruger is the first anti-poaching dog in Zambia. He’s responsible for finding elephant ivory, rhino horns, bush meat, other wildlife contraband, guns and ammunition. To date, Ruger has put 150 poachers out of business. 

Megan Parker, the director of research at Working Dogs for Conservation in Montana, trained and placed Ruger in Zambia. She's coming to campus March 29 to speak in Dr. Suthers' ANZ108 class about Ruger and Working Dogs for Conservation.

Here is a recent article on Ruger in the Guardian: 

Meet Ruger: the American dog who put 150 African poachers out of business

Rugar and a handler inspect a vehicle in Zambia.  Photo courtesy of Working Dogs for Conservation

Linwood Fiedler ‘87, age 62, just completed his 22nd Iditarod. A Carroll College and University of Montana graduate, Fiedler won two of the first three Races to the Sky in the late 1980s before moving to Alaska. His highest finish in the Iditarod was 2nd in 2001.  This year he finished 24th in a field of over 80 mushers.

Photo courtesy of Frank Kovalchek

Tyler Emmert ’06 has filed to run for a seat on the Helena Public Schools Board of Trustees.

Read more here: 2 file for 3 Helena school board seats so far; deadline is March 24

Tim Norbeck '87 is one of three applicants to have filed for the four-year Butte-Silver Bow Superintendent of Schools seat.

Read more here: Trio files for BSB schools superintendent

Career News

Brandon Arlian '14 has been promoted to head football coach at Shepherd High School. Read announcement here.


Mark Dempsey '94 - read more about his life here

Dr. Joseph (Joey) Laythe '87 - recipient of Carroll's Alumni Academic Achievement Award in 2011 - read more about his life here

Mary Gerianne "Geri" Shea '77 - read more about her life here

Upcoming Events

Shamrock Soiree, Mar. 18, 6:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m., Carroll College P.E. Center

Come join Carroll's EWB and celebrate St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Engineers, as they dance the night away in honor of St. Patrick's Day. The Soiree will feature live music, dancing, hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, a live auction by Steve Mandeville, and Carroll President Tom Evans as master of ceremonies.

Proceeds will be used to support the Engineers Without Borders-USA Carroll College Student Chapter and their service projects in Mexico, Guatemala, Uganda and St. Lucia. Carroll EWB has approximately 40 student members from a wide variety of majors.

Tickets can be purchased online or contact Ann Dooling at (406) 431-8714 or Tickets at the door are $30. Carroll student tickets are $15, both in advance and at the door.

Thank you to our Premier sponsors: Morrison Mairele & Systems Technology Consultants.

We hope to see you at the Soiree for a night of fellowship, fun, and entertainment! 

Constitutional Speech Contest, Mar. 20, 7 p.m., Simperman/Wiegand Amphitheatre 101/202, Carroll College

The Constitutional Studies Program along with the Carroll College Talking Saints welcome students, faculty, and the public to join them for an evening of student-developed speeches addressing the topic, "Has the Constitution proven to be a successful founding document?" This event is free and open to the public.

Cultural Perceptions vs. Reality Student Panel, Mar. 22, 7 p.m., Lower Campus Center, Carroll College 

Sponsored by the Intercultural Students Network, OASIS and the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, Carroll students will present on Cultural Stereotypes vs. Reality. They will present on how their culture views outsiders as well as how their own cultures are viewed by outsiders. Knowledge of the many cultures within the U.S. and outside the U.S. is essential in the growing interconnectedness of our world. Come and learn about West African, Montana enrolled member of the Rocky Boy Reservation, Japanese, Brazilian and Pakistani cultures. The final presentation has been prepared by the students in collaboration with professors. After the presentation, there will be a Q&A session. Come and have an exciting conversation on the diversity that is around us. Refreshments will be provided.  

This event is free and open to the public.

NASA’s Dawn Mission:  Exploring the Asteroid Belt, Mar. 24, 7 p.m., Simperman/Wiegand Amphitheatre 101-202, Carroll College

Dr. Kelly Cline will present a public lecture about the exciting new discoveries from NASA’s Dawn mission. This innovative spacecraft is the first exploratory mission to be powered by a ion propulsion engine. This amazing new technology allowed Dawn to orbit the asteroid Vesta for over a year, than break orbit and travel to the dwarf planet Ceres, where it is still sending back fascinating new data. Dawn’s explorations have revealed a battered world, covered with craters and mountains. On approach, Dawn discovered strange bright spots on Ceres, which astronomers think may be deposits of ice or chemical salts. Join us for a discussion of the surprising new discoveries from NASA’s Dawn Mission!

This event is free and open to the public.

Carroll College Easter Break, Mar. 25 & 28

Carroll College will be closed in observance of Good Friday on March 25 and Easter Monday on March 28. Classes will resume on Tues., Mar. 29. Administrative offices will be closed on Mar. 25 & 28 as well.

1st Annual Social Justice and Human Rights Film Festival, Mar. 29-31, Simperman/Wiegand Amphitheatre 101/202, Carroll College

Sponsored by the Artaza Center for Excellence in Global Education, the Hunthausen Center for Peace and Justice, Carroll College Student Activities, the Corette Library, and Sodexo, Carroll College is hosting the 1st Annual Social Justice and Human Rights Film Festival March 29-31.

This event will feature an exciting line-up of films addressing human rights and social justice issues in Palestine, India, and Zambia, followed by panel discussions and Q&A with audience. Other highlights include opening remarks by President Tom Evans and panel discussion with guest speaker, Prof. Samir Bitar, native Palestinian and Arabic Languages and Cultures faculty at University of Montana. Refreshments will be provided. 

All films and panel discussions are free and open to the public. 

Social Justice Human Rights Film Festival screening of The Wanted 18 (a film about Palestine-Israel conflict), followed by panel discussion and Q & A with audience. Panelists include guest speaker Prof. Samir Bitar, native Palestinian and Arabic Languages and Cultures faculty at University of Montana, and Carroll's own Dr. Jeanette Fregulia. View the interactive graphic novel on The Wanted 18 website:

The World Before Her, Mar. 30, 6.30 - 9.00 p.m., Simperman/Wiegand Amphitheatre 101/202, Carroll College

Social Justice Human Rights Film Festival screening of The World Before Her (a film about women's empowerment in India), followed by panel discussion with Carroll faculty and Q & A with audience. Panelists include Dr. Debra Bernadi, Dr. Jamie Dolan, and Dr. Soumitree Gupta. 

Stealing Africa, Mar. 31, 6.30 - 8.30 p.m., Simperman/Wiegand Amphitheatre 101/202, Carroll College

Social Justice Human Rights Film Festival screening of Stealing Africa (a film about corporate globalization, poverty, and environment in Zambia), followed by panel discussion with Carroll faculty and Q & A with audience. Panelists include Dr. Doreen Kutufam, Dr. Patricia Heiser, and Dr. Dean Pavlakis.

Talking Irish & Talking Saints: A Night of Irish Oratory, Song & Debate, Mar. 30, 7 p.m., Lower level of the Campus Center, Carroll College

Join us in celebration of Irish independence on the 100th anniversary of Easter Rising as three members of Carroll’s award-winning Talking Saints forensics team debate the winners of the Irish Times Final, Ireland's most prestigious debating competition, who have traveled all the way from Dublin to join us this evening. The topic of the debate: This house believes thatall countries should welcome Syrian refugees.

The evening also includes Irish music and a reading of the Irish Easter Rising Proclamation of 1916. The Milltown Ramblers, led by Gabe and Maggie Brennan, will lead a sing-along of Irish melodies accompanied by guitar, banjo, harmonica, mandolin and tin whistle. In addition, refreshments, including Irish treats and green punch, will be provided. 

The evening is sponsored by Pax Rhetorica: Carroll's Center for Global Dialogue, founded by the Talking Saints. The Center will continue to invite international debaters to visit Helena for debates and forums acknowledging and celebrating Montana’s links to the world.

This event is free and the public is welcome.

Carroll College’s Entrepreneur in Residence Program – "How to Start an Airline" -Guest Lecturer Trustee Gene Mallette ‘71, Mar. 31, 7 p.m., Sage Room, Corette Library, Carroll College

Carroll’s Entrepreneur in Residence program is hosting guest lecturer, Board of Trustee member and Carroll class of 1971 graduate Gene Mallette, who will share his personal entrepreneurial story of how he grew a company which made less than $500,000 per year to one that does business in excess of $25 million per year in "How to Start an Airline." Gene Mallette is the former CEO of Alpine Air Express, Inc., one of the largest regional on demand air cargo providers in the United States. Mallette was awarded the Utah CEO of the Year in 2009 by Utah Business Magazine.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

Author Reading: Work Like Any Other by Virginia Reeves '00, Apr. 7, 7 p.m., Trinity Lounge, Carroll College

Virginia Reeves '00 will be reading from her debut novel, Work Like Any Other. Reeves is a Carroll alum and graduate of the Michener Center for Writers at University of Texas at Austin.

This event is free and open to the public.

“Science and Movie:  Apollo 13,” Apr. 7, 7 p.m., Simperman/Wiegand Amphitheatre 101/202, Carroll College

The evening will include a public lecture by Professor Kelly Cline, followed by a free showing of the classic 1995 movie “Apollo 13” with Tom Hanks. In the lecture, we’ll trace the history of human space exploration from the Russian launch of Sputnik, to the space race, and the Apollo moon program. Then we’ll talk about the movie itself, the amazingly accurate science behind it, the actual Apollo 13 disaster, and we’ll nitpick a few details that the movie gets wrong. Finally, 8pm, we’ll show the movie itself, on SH101/202’s big screen, enjoying this amazing true story of human adventure in space.

This event is free and open to the public.

Business Department Lecture Series: Sustainability Accounting for the Financial Markets: Incorporating Environmental and Social Issues in Financial Decisions, Apr. 19, 7 p.m., Simperman/Wiegand Amphitheatre 101/202, Carroll College

In celebration of Earth Day, the Business Department at Carroll College is hosting Levi Stewart, an analyst from the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) for the Consumer Staple Products sector, who will present Sustainability Accounting for the Financial Markets: Incorporating Environmental and Social Issues in Financial Decisions. Although annual corporate reporting has traditionally focused on financial capital, financial decisions affect other forms of capital such as human capital and the natural environment. The SASB issues standards that help corporations disclose additional environmental, social, and governance issues in SEC filings to investors in an industry-specific, comparable, and decision-useful way.

This event is free and open to the public.

WorldMontana Upcoming Events:  

WorldMontana will be welcoming several groups of international visitors later this month and they are looking for volunteers to host dinners at their homes. Please contact WorldMontana for more information at 406 447 4444,

“Women Leaders: Engine of Social Change,” Mar. 16-19

A group of Latin American women will be in Montana as part of “Women Leaders: Engine of Social Change.” They will study community-level efforts to assist women, particularly in the areas of domestic violence, education, and healthcare.

The group will also meet with the Women’s Foundation of Montana and study the Exploration Works and Carroll College experience on STEM programming.

Child Justice, Mar. 19-23

Four Indonesian visitors and two interpreters will visit Montana to study Child Justice. They will tour the Riverside Girls School in Boulder, meet with Justice Jim Rice and learn about the volunteer efforts of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). Host families are needed for dinner on March 20.

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